Central Metal Site Investigation
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Until 2016, the Central Metal site was used for recycling industrial scrap metal and manufacturing metal tanks. Central Metal left piles of soil on the site. One of the piles was tested and found to have hazardous levels of lead and arsenic. EPA intends to test the soil of residential yards near the site to help determine if lead, arsenic, or other pollutants were blown off-site.
- Why is EPA Involved?
- Soil Testing
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
In 2018, EPA began a Site Inspection (SI) to determine if waste from the site threatens human health or the environment. As part of the SI, EPA tested the soil and groundwater.
In 2019, EPA found a soil waste pile on the site that had been packaged for disposal by the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD). LACoFD safely disposed of the waste in an off-site facility and informed EPA that the pile was hazardous due to lead and arsenic. Lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals can cause serious health effects if people are exposed to them at high levels. Further investigation by EPA using aerial photos showed that similar piles had been present on the site since the early 2000s. While EPA was testing, community members shared concerns that contaminated soil from the site was blowing onto their properties. In response, in 2019, EPA decided to ask for permission to test the soil of yards in parts of the Walnut Park and Florence-Firestone neighborhoods near the site. These tests may show whether or not contaminated soil from the site has blown onto nearby properties.
EPA intends to test the soil of residential properties near the site to determine whether or not contaminated soil from the site has spread to nearby properties.
EPA will use the test results to see if the site:
- is eligible to be listed on the National Priority List (NPL) for cleanup as a Superfund NPL site;
- is not eligible for the NPL, but should be cleaned up by another EPA program;
- should be referred to the State of California for follow-up; or
- does not require any further action.
Note: EPA is following all COVID-19 safety protocols. The dates for testing soil may be moved depending on current COVID-19 health and safety requirements. EPA will only test if safe to do so.
EPA will test the soil of approximately 60 properties. These areas were selected because of their proximity to the Central Metal site and because of wind patterns in the area. Testing in these areas may show if material from the site has blown off site. EPA will not sample all eligible properties. EPA is managing the soil testing work in collaboration the Los Angeles Department of Public Health, Communities for a Better Environment and Florence-Firestone Community Leaders.
The residents of eligible yards for sampling will receive Access Agreements by mail that need to be signed and returned to EPA. See “What Happens Next?” below for more information on next steps.
- EPA will send “EPA Access Agreements" to the property owner and tenant by mail for permission to do the soil test. The agreements must be signed and returned to EPA before sampling begins.
- EPA will review the signed Access Agreements and decide how many of the eligible homes we can test.
- EPA will inform residents whether the soil in their yards will be tested.
- If there are a sufficient number of signed Access Agreements, EPA will start sampling in 2022.
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Site Inspection Interim Sampling Report (Informe Intermedio de Muestreo de Inspección): Central Metal, Huntington Park, CA (pdf)
Site Inspection Interim Sampling Report (Informe Intermedio de Muestreo de Inspección) for Central Metal, 8201 Santa Fe Avenue, Huntington Park, Los Angeles County, California. EPA ID No.: CAN000903324; USACE Contract Number: W912P7-16-D-0001; Document Control Number: 20074.067.024.0003.01.
EPA to Test Soil in Parts of Walnut Park and Florence-Firestone
How Do I Sign Up for Testing of My Property?
Properties that are within the sampling area (click the map below) and have available soil in their yards are eligible.
The residents of eligible yards for sampling will receive Access Agreements by mail that need to be signed and returned to EPA. See “What Happens Next?” for more information on next steps.
Testing is free, participation is voluntary, and data is strictly confidential (not shared outside EPA). No information about your property (including which yards are tested), or the individuals living on these properties, will be included in public reports, nor shared with groups outside EPA.
For questions regarding residential soil sampling, contact:
EPA Contractor Community Liaison
For technical questions about sampling contact:
EPA Site Assessment Manager
LA Dept. of Public Health
(626) 430 – 9822